Issue 120| 27 July 2021This week, I’m pleased to release the NHVR’s 2021-2024 Corporate Plan.The plan outlines our objectives for the next three years as well as the key safety and productivity initiatives we’ve committed to delivering over the coming 12 months.There are some important projects in the pipeline and I look forward to working collaboratively to deliver the plan and ensure growth and success for our industry in the years ahead.Elsewhere, our prosecutions team continues to work with other law enforcement agencies and industry stakeholders to educate and enhance safety on our roads. Recently, the NHVR, working alongside South Australia Police, charged two operators with offences relating to illegal engine remapping.It’s important that with an increase number of heavy vehicles on roads, everyone is aware of their responsibilities and obeys the law.I wish you all a safe week ahead and please remember to regularly check our COVID-19 webpage for the latest information on border and testing requirements.Sal, CEONHVR prosecutes multiple engine remapping chargesThe NHVR has charged two South Australian operators with offences relating to illegal engine remapping.An investigation conducted by South Australia Police (SAPOL) Heavy Vehicle Enforcement Unit (HVEU) found a South Australian produce company had remapped the engines of four heavy vehicles to disable the vehicles’ emission limits.> Read more about these charges hereRevised NHVAS Business Rules and StandardsThe NHVR has approved a minor wording change to Standard 4 of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) allowing operators to use alternative documents to record the completion of an annual vehicle inspection.> For more information about the NHVAS Business Rules and Standards, click hereSign up for Recovery Partners health and safety webinarMembers of the heavy vehicle industry are invited to attend a free webinar hosted by Recovery Partners where NHVR Manager Safety, Policy and Research Amanda Capper and other industry stakeholders will discuss workplace health and safety issues in the transport industry.Amanda will highlight the findings from the Industry Safety Survey 2020 and update stakeholders on how safety is being implemented in heavy vehicle transport activities across different industry groups.Other speakers include Naomi Frauenfelder (CEO, Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds) and Melissa Strong (Manager of Safety, People and Communications at Lindsay Australia).The webinar will be held on Wednesday 28 July from 12-1pm AEST.> To register your interest, click hereRoad Design for Heavy Vehicles eventsSafe System Solutions Pty Ltd, with support from the Australian Trucking Association, is offering a practical training course for anyone working in road design.The Road Design for Heavy Vehicles course is free, with topics including characteristics of heavy vehicles, design principles and elements, common safety issues and treatments and Austroads guidance on designing roads for heavy vehicles.Workshops are planned to be held in the following locations:Adelaide – 25 August, 9:00amHobart – 2 September, 9:0amSydney – 13 October, 9:00amCanberra – 15 October, 9:00amBrisbane – 26 October, 9:00amThe workshops are funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.> For full details and to register your interest to attend, click hereCOVID-19 updateReaders of On the Road would have received a dedicated COVID-19 newsletter last week with the latest updates and advice for the heavy vehicle industry. If you missed the newsletter, you can read it here.You can also stay up to date with border and testing requirements on our dedicated COVID-19 webpage.Invitation to attend road asset assessment webinarsThe NHVR is running a series of webinars on the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP). The webinars are free to attend and are aimed at providing additional information on the next round of funding and plans for increased asset assessment.> Road managers are invited to register their interest for the sessions hereHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.Get in touch1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.
Issue 119 | 22 July 2021 | Coronavirus Special Edition Message from the CEOIt continues to be a challenging time for the heavy vehicle industry, whether you’re a driver, an operator or part of the supply chain.The NHVR is continuing to work with governments and industry to provide clear advice and coordinated information on the current round of changes to interstate and in some cases intra-state travel, which are being rolled out to meet the health requirements in each state.Despite the challenges, personally I’ve never been prouder to have been involved in an industry that has shown a remarkable ability to adapt and remain resilient in the face of the on-going changes brought about in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.I believe that sentiment is echoed by many Australians who recognise the difficulty of the operating environment and are grateful for the efforts to continue to operate and underpin Australia’s economy.Sal, CEOTesting, passes and exemptionsA summary of the COVID-19 testing and border pass requirements for heavy vehicles is below. For specific details on the requirements for each state and territory, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusUpdates will also be shared on NHVR’s Facebook and Twitter pages.Australian Capital TerritoryIs a border pass required? NoIs a mandatory COVID-19 test required? No, but it is recommendedNew South WalesIs a border pass required? YesIs a mandatory COVID-19 test required? YesNorthern TerritoryIs a border pass required? YesIs a mandatory COVID-19 test required? YesQueenslandIs a border pass required? YesIs a mandatory COVID-19 test required? YesSouth AustraliaIs a border pass required? YesIs a mandatory COVID-19 test required? YesTasmaniaIs a border pass required? YesIs a mandatory COVID-19 test required? YesVictoriaIs a border pass required? YesIs a mandatory COVID-19 test required? YesWestern AustraliaIs a border pass required? YesIs a mandatory COVID-19 test required? YesTake the time to take the testAll heavy vehicle drivers operating under Standard hours, BFM or AFM are reminded that taking a COVID test is a permitted personal activity under the National Personal Use Exemption Notices.The exemption recognises that heavy vehicle drivers may need to use their fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle for personal reasons from time to time if they cannot reasonably access alternative means of transport.These notices allow a driver up to one additional hour of time to complete permitted personal activities if the vehicle is unloaded and certain conditions are met. The exemption only applies to activities at either end of a shift, or at any time during a 24-hour break.> For full details and to check your eligibility to apply and use an Exemption Notice, click here> For information on Personal Use Exemption Notices for Standard hours, click here> For information on Personal Use Exemption Notices for AFM and BFM hours, click hereCOVID-safe toolbox talk kitA COVID-19 toolbox talk kit is available to assist staff as part of your Safety Management System.The toolbox talk kit includes a series of quick guides, videos, checklists and templates as part of the NHVR’s wider suite of Safety Management System guidance materials for industry use. The toolbox talk information focusses on COVID safety associated with heavy vehicles, workplaces, general hygiene – including wearing face masks – and positive mental health actions.NHVR Safety Assurance Director Greg Fill said all transport operators should continue to have safety conversations with their staff and drivers to reduce the risk of transmission within their workplace, including when handling freight or interacting with other parties in the supply chain.“Toolbox talks between management and staff are one of the easiest and most effective ways to share important safety information and reinforce responsibility for everyone’s safety,” Greg said.“The NHVR’s materials can be easily modified to include company information such as logos and additional topics that are specific to businesses. This could include how to report safety incidents and what to do if staff are sick or notice symptoms.”> Click here to access the COVID-19 toolbox videos, templates, quick guides and checklistsHeavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line ready to assistThe NHVR is reminding drivers that the Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line (HVCRL) is ready to assist with reporting safety issues across the Chain of Responsibility.NHVR Safety Assurance Director Greg Fill said the current changes in operating conditions due to COVID-19 had increased the likelihood of stress on drivers and operators.“This has been a challenging time for our industry, but we don’t want it to worsen by people putting others in danger,” Greg said.“The HVCRL team are ready and willing to assist with resolving safety issues across the supply chain, such as inappropriate or undue pressure at the depot, the distribution centre or the drop-off point.“The pressure is being compounded by additional requirements around borders, as well as hygiene and mask-wearing requirements that drivers are having to manage.“Now more than ever, it’s critical that all businesses follow the rules to keep our industry safe and Australia moving.”Operators or drivers concerned about being asked to sign or perform a contract that is in breach of Chain of Responsibility laws should contact the NHVR’s Confidential Reporting Line on 1800 931 785.The Heavy Vehicle National Law:Imposes a positive obligation on any party in the Chain of Responsibility to ensure their conduct doesn’t encourage the driver of a heavy vehicle to contravene the law, and;Specifically prohibits those parties from requiring or entering into a contract with a driver that would encourage the driver to speed, work while fatigued or drive in breach of the driver’s work and rest hours options.> Click here for the latest information from the NHVR, relating to COVID-19Have you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past few months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media View this email onlineHaving troubles viewing this email? 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Issue 118 | 15 July 2021Our farmers and the agricultural sector are vital to the success of Australia. Every week, thousands of drivers and heavy vehicles safely access more than 85,000 agricultural businesses and in doing so, maintain supply chains across the country and the world.I’m proud to say that safety is always front of mind for our farmers, and this was evident at the annual Livestock and Rural Transporters Association South Australia conference I attended recently, where I had the opportunity to speak with many of the hard-working members of the industry.As we join together to celebrate National Farm Safety Week (18- 24 July) we’ll continue to work with the sector to ensure the safety of its workers while improving productivity for operators. This week, members of our Stakeholder Engagement team have been in regional Queensland, meeting with truck drivers and answering questions. I encourage you to keep an eye out for upcoming truck driver info days and stop in for a chat with the team.As we move into the second half of the year, my thoughts remain with those who continue to grapple with changes to their operating conditions due to the impacts of COVID-19. Please stay up to day with the latest information at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusSal, CEOStay up to date with COVID-19 travel restrictionsThe Victorian Government has applied a hard border with NSW, which means NSW and the ACT have been declared a red zone.Essential freight workers are classified as specific workers and will be permitted entry.For the latest information on changes to cross border requirements, links to permits, and testing facilities visit www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusChanges to Agricultural Vehicle and Combination NoticesA reminder to operators that 10 agricultural notices across Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania will be revoked by 2 August. If you have a permit that refers to one of these notices, please check it to make sure it’s still valid. You’ll have to apply for a new permit if your:existing permit doesn’t cover the full journey; orexisting permit refers to a revoked notice; orcombination doesn’t comply with the National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice.> For more information about changes to the agricultural notices, click hereFunding boost to give heavy vehicles better access to road networksThe heavy vehicle industry has received a $12.1 million Federal Government funding boost, aimed at delivering better assessment of road assets across rural and regional Australia, as part of the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP).NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto welcomed the additional funding, noting the tangible value already provided by the first round of SLGAAP funding.“This additional funding builds on the critical work already rolling out across regions, supporting industry and making our communities safer,” Sal said.> To read more about the latest SLGAAP funding, click hereNHVR and Health in Gear Truck Driver Information DaysThe NHVR and Health in Gear have been in regional Queensland this week, hosting free “Truckie Tune Up” health checks and information days in Goondiwindi and Roma.Truck drivers in the areas were able to get a confidential health check with a Health in Gear nurse and support worker, who provided information, support, and referrals, and the opportunity for a follow-up call. Members of the NHVR stakeholder Engagement team were also available on-site to answer questions and help with any applications and service queries.For those in the Roma area, the NHVR and Health in Gear team will be at the United Roma and Pie Face (44589 Warrego Highway, Roma) through to 10:00pm this evening (Thursday 15 July).Fatigue Management TipsFollowing on from our recent round of Fatigue Management Tips, we’ve included some additional questions and tips regarding local area work record keeping that may be of use.> Click here to read the local area work record keeping tipsHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.
Issue 117 | 29 June 2021As we approach the half-way mark of what has been another challenging year, it’s important to reflect on what we’ve achieved as an industry and the opportunities that are ahead of us.I’m immediately drawn to the strong safety and productivity performance that everyone has displayed as we’ve continued to navigate the uncertainty of COVID-19.I’m proud to be part of an industry that has played an integral role in keeping Australia connected during tough times and I’m committed to playing our part in helping shape a positive future.At the same time, we are thinking about our partners and colleagues throughout Australia who are still impacted by recent COVID-19 outbreaks. We’re thinking of you and we are grateful for the support that you continue to deliver for the heavy vehicle industry.As we move into the second half of the year, there’s a lot more to deliver as part of our Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan. In the past year, we’ve undertaken or delivered at least 30 projects. Whether that’s supporting local governments to assess their heavy vehicle infrastructure assets or new notices, we’re looking to resolve the productivity issues you have raised.Underpinning all of this work is improving safety outcomes for everyone in the industry, and I’m particularly motivated by the feedback we received on our draft Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy. Like the Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan, it will be an important focus in the years ahead.I look forward to continuing to work together as Australia gathers momentum during the second half of 2021.Sal, CEOCOVID-19 updateThe renewed outbreak of COVID-19 in NSW, QLD, NT and WA has prompted changes to border requirements across the Australia.We are urging everyone in the heavy vehicle industry to keep up to date with the latest information for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirus, or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.It's important to follow the advice at all times, in order to keep you and others around you as safe as possible.We’ll continue to work with governments to provide the most accurate and timely information and will endeavour to keep you informed as things evolve.New livestock effluent disposal pitA new livestock effluent disposal pit was opened this week at the Mount Gambier and District Saleyards. The facility is expected to benefit the local livestock production chain and it’s hoped that similar sites can be rolled out to other locations across the country in the future.The pit was a joint initiative of the Australians Livestock and Rural Transporters Association and the District Council of Grant. Funding for the initiative was delivered by the Federal Government and administered via the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI).NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the HVSI had so far allocated $22.8 million through 89 separate grants over the past five years.“These grants enable the NHVR, industry and government to deliver innovative solutions for local communities,” Mr Petroccitto said.> For more information on the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsiNational Transport Commission researchThe National Transport Commission (NTC) is conducting research into the requirements and use of escape respirators in the Australian Dangerous Goods Code 7.7.Currently – as detailed in Table 12.2 of the code – an air supplied short term breathing apparatus suitable for escape purposes must be readily available in the cabin of road vehicles transporting placard loads of dangerous goods containing any:division 2.3 (toxic gases)division 6.1 (toxic substances)class 8 (corrosives).Vehicle owners are invited to undertake a short, five-minute survey at https://bit.ly/35DYgF0The data gathered will help inform the NTC’s comprehensive review of the code.Information gathered through this survey will be aggregated and no personal information will be shared.Last chance to provide feedback on NHVR codes of practice programThe consultation process to provide feedback on the NHVR’s codes of practice program – guidelines for preparing and registering industry codes of practice – will close on Friday 2 July 2021.Registered codes of practice can provide valuable guidance to people in the heavy vehicle industry to help them manage the safety of their transport activities.> To provide feedback, click hereRegional New South Wales load restraint tour a successMore than 100 local farmers attended a series of load restraint sessions recently across locations in the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Council areas.The practical load restraint information sessions featured displays, case studies, ‘how to’ videos and presentations from NSW Police, Transport for NSW Heavy Vehicle Inspectors, Safework NSW and NSW Health’s Rural Mental Health Adversity Program.The sessions were part of the Councils’ current Load Restraint Education Project, promoting the safe transportation of hay bales, machinery and general freight.An additional 1,000 load restraint packs will be shared amongst local rural supply stores across the Councils’ in the coming weeks, each containing a Load Restraint Guide, fact sheet, links to project videos and other useful information.The project is funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.Take this quiz to test your load restraint knowledge and you could win $500 worth of load restraint equipment.Asset assessment program webinarsThe Federal Government has extended funding for the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP), with the NHVR working in partnership with road managers to assess up to 1,000 assets over the coming three years.The project commenced in late 2019 with the Government committing $7.96 million in grant funding over two years. In that time, more than 300 assets were assessed, involving 74 road managers.To support road managers in undertaking heavy vehicle assessments of their bridge and culvert assets, the NHVR will be running a series of SLGAAP webinars for local government road managers to attend and find out additional information on the project.There are nine webinars scheduled as part of the series, with the first taking place next Tuesday, 6 July.>Road Managers are invited to RSVP to any or all of the series by clicking here and can get in touch with the NHVR on roadassetproject@NHVR.gov.auReport road hazardsA reminder that if you come across a road hazard or incident while on the road – including issues with heavy vehicles that clip overhanging trees – you should contact the relevant road authority in your state or territory. Below are contact numbers if you need to report an incident:South Australia: Department for Infrastructure and Transport – 1800 018 313New South Wales: Service New South Wales – 13 17 00Queensland: Department of Transport and Main Roads – 13 19 40Victoria: VicRoads – 13 11 70Australian Capital Territory: Access Canberra – 13 22 81Tasmania: Department of State Growth – 1300 139 933Have you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.
Issue 116 | 15 June 2021In my seven years as CEO of the NHVR, the industry has placed health and safety as a top priority – but occasionally, unsafe and illegal practices need to be called out.Last week, the NHVR announced a new campaign aimed at increasing education amongst the industry and general community on illegal engine remapping. I encourage you to read more about the campaign as part of this edition of On The Road and I thank you in advance for your support of the messages and momentum to stop illegal engine remapping in its tracks.Last week, National Transport Insurance (NTI) released their latest findings into the cause of major crashes involving heavy vehicles and overall, the results were trending in the right direction.NTI’s National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTARC) recorded that while there were more trucks and freight on our roads over the past year, there were fewer crashes and lower fatigue levels than in previous years. It’s a great outcome for the industry and with ongoing education and awareness around topics such as illegal remapping, we’ll see more heavy vehicles travelling safely and arriving safely.Sal, CEONHVR launches safety education campaign targeting illegal engine remappingA new education campaign by the NHVR will highlight the health and safety risks caused by illegal engine remapping.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the campaign was an opportunity to work collaboratively with the heavy vehicle industry to remove engine remapping and improve safety.“The NHVR’s highest priority is safety and we’ll continue to focus on compliance while delivering education and awareness through campaigns like the engine remapping campaign,” Mr Petroccitto said.> Read more about the campaign hereNTI release national report Data from NTI’s NTARC Major Accident Investigation Report has found that more heavy vehicles and freight moved around Australia in the past year, with fewer crashes and lower level of fatigue recorded.The NHVR and NTI share a collaborative partnership with the aim of delivering greater safety outcomes across the industry and I thank them for their continued research produced annually.> Read more on the findings here NHVR codes of practice programA reminder that feedback is being sought on the NHVR’s codes of practice program – guidelines for preparing and registering industry codes of practice.Registered codes of practice can provide valuable guidance to people in the heavy vehicle industry to help them manage the safety of their transport activities.The consultation and feedback process are now open and close on Friday 2 July 2021.> To provide feedback, click hereFees and HVNL fines to increase from 1 JulyNHVR access fees will increase by $1 from Thursday, July 1, 2021. Fees will also increase for National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme modules. These increases are in line with CPI as prescribed under the Heavy Vehicle (General) National Regulation.Heavy Vehicle National Law penalties and fines will also increase in line with CPI.> Click here for the new NHVR fee schedule> Click here for the new HVNL penalty and fines scheduleFatigue Management TipsManaging fatigue, particularly within the heavy vehicle industry, is crucial to the success and safety of every road user involved. The NHVR receives and answers thousands of questions from calls with drivers each year and we’ve included a few of the more common questions that may be of interest.> Click here to check out the tipsFeedback sought on new online operators guide for noticesThe NHVR is seeking feedback on a trial to release online operators guides based on the recent release of the National Road Train Prime Mover Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2021.Your feedback and suggestions will help inform whether the NHVR transitions to an online format for current and future operators guides plus will be used to direct further improvements.> Provide feedback on the online operators guideHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.
Issue 115 | 1 June 2021This week, we’re thinking of everyone in Victoria as they grapple with another COVID-19 lockdown.One thing we’ve learned over the last 12+ months is this pandemic is unpredictable. I want to thank the many drivers, logistics workers and warehouse teams who continue to pivot and ensure supplies move freely throughout the country.As our industry tackles the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, we’ll continue to do everything we can as a regulator to ease pressure on the road networks and improve productivity while ensuring everyone’s safety.Today we announced the commencement of a new national Notice for Road Train Prime Movers, which will open up road access across the country, improve fatigue management for drivers, and increase the efficiency of the heavy vehicle fleet. We encourage you to provide feedback on the new online operator’s guide, designed to make the Notice simple and easy to use.And last week we released a joint report with CILTA and NTARC, which shows the huge safety and productivity outcomes we’re seeing from the 12,000 PBS-approved combinations operating on our roads. You can read more about the report in this edition of On the Road.I’m extremely proud to be part of such a resilient industry that continues to deliver in difficult times. I encourage you to take particular care of your health, safety and wellbeing this week, and check in with your industry colleagues no matter where you’re based.Sal, CEONew Notice delivers smarter and safer road train transportA new Notice for Road Train Prime Movers will ease pressure on the road network, improve fatigue management and increase the efficiency of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet.The National Road Train Prime Mover Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2021 will come into effect from 1 June 2021 and will apply to all states and territories participating in the Heavy Vehicle National Law, except Tasmania.> For further information and to review the Notice and new online operator’s guide, click hereReport reveals PBS vehicles involved in fewer major crashesA joint report from the NHVR, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (CILTA) and the National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTARC) has revealed Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles are involved in 60 per cent fewer major crashes than conventional vehicles.This is a significant improvement on the results in a 2018 report which found 46 per cent fewer major crashes compared to the conventional fleet. PBS vehicles are also forecast to save 143 lives over 20 years.> Read more about the PBS report hereInput sought into NHVR codes of practice programThe NHVR has released a discussion paper to seek public feedback on its codes of practice program and suggestions for improvements to its Guidelines for Preparing and Registering Industry Codes of Practice.Registered codes of practice can provide valuable guidance to people in the heavy vehicle industry to help them manage the safety of their transport activities.The consultation period starts today and closes on Friday 2 July 2021.> Click here for more about the codes of practice consultationFree training program for new truck driversA free online training program is now available for new heavy vehicle drivers to help them better understand their obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.Developed by Shift Training, the 4 Points of Contact course will train and assess participants in fatigue management, vehicle inspection, load restraint and chain of responsibility.The course was funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), with support from the Federal Government.> Click here to learn more and registerNew online safety hub launchedA new online safety hub has been unveiled by Australia’s leading transport and logistics specialist insurer, NTI, to support the growth and development of the industry.The Better Business Hub helps protect Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet, transport operators and drivers by providing interactive, downloadable, applicable tools and resources to support them in their day-to-day activities.> Read more and download the Better Business Hub resources herePilot and escort driver certification reminderHave you checked if your pilot or escort vehicle driver certification is still valid?Pilots and escort drivers are required to maintain a valid license or certification, specified by your state or territory. If you are a pilot or escort driver working interstate, it’s also important you understand how your license or certification is mutually recognised.While the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) does not regulate pilot and escort certification, the NHVR can issue an infringement notice to the driver of an oversize vehicle for not complying with the conditions of the permit, such as a certified pilot or escort.The NHVR has released an updated information sheet, which gives you an overview of the current pilot and escort requirements for your jurisdiction.> Click here to download the information sheetHave your say in new workplace psychological safety surveyHealthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHST) is asking all organisations in the road transport, warehousing and logistics industries to complete a short online Workplace Psychological Safety Index (WPSI) survey.Your participation in the survey will help inform how HHTS will support the psychological and physical health, wellbeing and safety of everyone in the heavy vehicle industry.> Click here to start the surveyHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? 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Issue 114 | 19 May 2021Thank you to all the drivers, operators and industry stakeholders who dropped by the NHVR stands at the Brisbane Truck Show last week. Forums such as the show always provide a great opportunity to discuss future initiatives and hear your thoughts on how we can continue to work together to drive safety and productivity improvements for our industry.This week, we turn our attention to National Road Safety Week and helping promote an important message about prioritising safety on our roads.The NHVR’s highest priority is ensuring everyone in our industry has a safe working environment, particularly truck drivers who are out on the roads every day. We’re committed to making safety improvements for the industry, as well as educating the general public on sharing the road safely with heavy vehicles through our We Need Space campaign.This National Road Safety Week, I encourage you to take the pledge and reflect on how we can all play a role in making our roads safer for everyone.And keep an eye on our social media platforms for some important safety messages to share with your family and friends.Stay safe.Sal, CEOHeavy Vehicle Fire Safety Program launchedThe ARTSA Institute has launched its Truck Fire Safety Program, which is aimed at reducing the number and frequency of heavy vehicle fires in Australia.The program includes four manuals and six videos to help drivers, maintenance staff, fire investigators and transport managers identify and mitigate fire risks.It was funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government and developed with the National Bulk Tanker Association and Truck Industry Council.> Read more hereKynection Electronic Work Diary approved for useThe NHVR has approved Quallogi by Kynection as a fifth Electronic Work Diary (EWD) option for heavy vehicle drivers.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto confirmed the Quallogi EWD would be available for use as an official record from 25 May.> For more details, click hereHealthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds launches national mental health and wellbeing roadmapThe Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS) Foundation has launched a free National Mental Health and Wellbeing Roadmap for the road transport, warehousing and logistics industries.The strategy has been created by industry for industry and provides a unified plan for improving mental health and wellbeing across the sector.“The heavy vehicle industry is extremely resilient, but we need to continue to work together across the whole supply chain to ensure our workers feel supported and know they’re being heard when it comes to their mental health and wellbeing,” NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said.> To find out more about the Roadmap, click hereSpecial Purpose Vehicle access in Brisbane tunnels – derestriction updateThe NHVR, Transport and Main Roads, Transurban and Brisbane City Council, in conjunction with the Crane Industry Council of Australia, Concrete Pumping Association of Australia and Australian Drilling Industry Association, have reviewed access restrictions for Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) in South East Queensland.Under the renewed National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice 2021 released on 5 May, SPVs can now access the Clem 7, Airport Link and Legacy Way tunnels as part of the approved network, provided they meet all the requirements of the Notice and specified dimension limits.The Queensland Access Conditions Guide has been updated to include the access conditions contained in the Queensland Schedule of the Notice.> For further information and to review the update, click hereNHVR files charges against Queensland mining companyThe National Heavy Vehicle Industry (NHVR) has filed primary duty charges against the Directors of a Queensland mining company which was operating as a prime contractor of drivers of heavy vehicle combinations.The NHVR initiated an investigation following a fatality that occurred in May 2019 involving a heavy vehicle rolling on an incline.The NHVR will allege that the Directors failed to exercise due diligence to ensure the company fulfilled its duty under section 26C of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), with the matter listed for a first mention in the Biloela Magistrates’ Court on 30 June 2021.NHVR accepts Enforceable UndertakingThe NHVR has accepted an Enforceable Undertaking (on behalf of Transport for New South Wales) from YF Water Services Pty Ltd, in line with section 590A of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). YF Waste proposed the Enforceable Undertaking following failure to comply with mass weight requirements.The proposal consists of enhanced driver education and training, with an aim of leading to improved compliance in the future. The Enforceable Undertaking has a minimum expenditure of $18,000.Vehicle Standards SPV notice for consultationThe NHVR has opened consultation on the National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Special Purpose Vehicles) Exemption Notice 2021 (No.1).An extensive review of the existing notice has been conducted, with the revised notice introducing more flexible definitions that can be applied to a wider variety of vehicles.Submissions are now open and will close on Tuesday 1 June . 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Issue 113 | 5 May 2021The Brisbane Truck Show is just around the corner and I’m looking forward to catching up with our customers throughout the show on 13 – 16 May.It’s always a great opportunity to hear from everyone across the industry and learn about what is working well and what improvements we can make to support a safer and more productive industry.We’ll have representatives from our Access, Performance Based Standards, Fatigue and Accreditation teams at stall 106, so I encourage you to drop by for a chat. You can also visit us at the Civil Construction Field Days event at Hamilton.Across the four days, we’ll be hosting one-on-one Fatigue Choices sessions to help operators understand the flexibility available to help manage fatigue safety risks. If you’d like to take part in a session, you can book in here, or simply visit our stall.Another stall – and trailer – to keep an eye out for involves one of our latest campaigns – We Need Space To Keep You Safe. We’re proud to have Coles and its supply chain partners on board with We Need Space to help spread the campaign’s important safety messages to all road users.It's going to be another great show – see you there!Sal, CEONHVR partners with Coles to deliver We Need Space campaignThe NHVR has partnered with Coles and its supply chain partners Toll and Linfox, to educate road users about sharing the road safely with heavy vehicles.The We Need Space to Keep You Safe campaign, fronted by V8 Supercars Champion Garth Tander and Toll and Linfox drivers, includes a range of educational resources that will roll out through driver education programs across the country.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto welcomed the partnership with Coles and said We Need Space was a great example of the regulator, business and government working together in the interest of road safety.Read the full media release hereTo view the campaign and resources visit www.weneedspace.com.auProject ensures safer loads on regional roadsA new safety campaign has been launched to reduce the number of dangerously loaded trucks operating on regional roads.The Load Restraint Public Education Campaign initiated by Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils includes new ‘how to’ load restraint videos and factsheets, as well as a social media awareness campaign and a series of load restraint information sessions across the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils.> To read more and access the campaign resources, click here.NHVR files charges against national transport companyThe NHVR has filed charges against a national transport company and its executive, following a nine-month investigation into the company’s business practices.The NHVR initiated the investigation following multiple vehicle collisions and Safe-T-Cam footage that identified breaches relating to the transport company.> Click here for the full storyEducation a focus in NHVR prosecutionThe NHVR has highlighted the importance of ongoing heavy vehicle safety education within the industry following its first successful Supervisory Intervention Order (SIO) in Victoria.The matter related to the intercept of a heavy vehicle in March 2020 where the driver failed to comply with loading and dimension requirements under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.Given the seriousness of the incident, the Magistrate issued a fine and granted an SIO for the driver to complete a load restraint course within 12 months.> Read the full storyForestry Log Haulage Code of Practice consultation openThe NHVR has opened consultation on the Draft Forestry Log Haulage Industry Code of Practice.The draft code identifies the risks associated with loading and transporting logs, and describes equipment, procedures, training, and other methods to eliminate or minimise those risks. It includes recommendations for the minimum restraint requirements for different types of logs in different loading scenarios.Submissions are now open and will close on Friday 28 May 2021. Click here for more information.Safer Freight Vehicles – Discussion paperThe Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has released the Safer Freight Vehicles discussion paper for feedback.The paper relates to key actions in the NHVR’s Vehicle Safety and Environmental Technology Uptake Plan (Vehicle SETUP) released in 2020. It identifies possible changes to the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) to facilitate an increased take-up of safer, more-efficient heavy freight vehicles in Australia.The Department is inviting public feedback on the proposed changes by 30 June 2021. Click here for more information or to make a submission by 30 June 2021.Class 3 Livestock Vehicle PermitsFarmers are starting to reap the benefits of the removal of the requirement for Class 3 livestock mass exemption permits to include registration numbers, which took effect in December last year.> Click here for the full storyHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.Get in touch1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.
Issue 111 | 21 April 2021As we announced recently, preparations are well underway to conduct a mechanical safety check of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet.Authorised officers from the NHVR and partner agencies across Australia will conduct a mechanical inspection of 8,000 heavy vehicles including trucks, buses and other special purpose vehicles.Just as it did five years ago, the National Roadworthiness Survey will play a vital role in assessing the fleet’s condition.All operators should ensure their vehicles’ maintenance is up to date and drivers are conducting regular checks before each trip, using the NHVR Daily Safety Checklist.> Click here for more informationSal, CEOAsset assessments reach 200 milestoneThe NHVR’s Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP) will fund more than 200 engineering assessments under Round 1.After a successful pilot where 100 assets were assessed, SLGAAP Round 1 is now underway with appointed engineering firms working closely with local governments in the asset assessment process.> Read the full storyNSW Farm Gate Access ProjectLast week the NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole released the NSW Farm Gate Access Project.> Click for more information from Transport for NSWNHVR welcomes Paul Kahlert as QTA presidentThe NHVR has welcomed the appointment of experienced transport operator and General Manager of All Purpose Transport Paul Kahlert as president of the Queensland Trucking Association.Mr Kahlert replaces outgoing president Julie Russell.> Click to read the full storyUpcoming Truck Driver Info DayCome and chat to the NHVR at our next roadside information day at Ballina, NSW. Whether you have a question about Chain of Responsibility or any other heavy vehicle queries, come and join us at BP Ballina, Pacific Highway from 9am on the 29th April 2021.> Click here to keep up with the latest NHVR eventsSend us your #TruckShotsWant to see your truck featured on the NHVR social pages? Send us a message on Facebook with your best shots!Have you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.Get in touch1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.
Issue 110 | 7 April 2021While much of the country wound down over Easter, Australia’s heavy vehicle industry was faced with new challenges.Following on from flooding across NSW and Queensland, transport on the east coast was impacted by a COVID-19 outbreak in Greater Brisbane.Other states designated South East Queensland a hotspot and imposed numerous conditions on trucks leaving the region – but freight kept moving thanks to our dedicated drivers and logistics workers.The hotspot declaration showed that the COVID-19 pandemic is still far from over, but also that our industry can quickly adapt to the challenges it poses.I thank everyone in the industry and across all levels of government for their fast work and great patience in dealing with the pandemic.Co-operation has been key to getting through this difficult year and it’s vital for Australia’s economy and communities that we keep working together.Sal, CEOReport proves good maintenance improves road safetyA new report from Australia’s largest trucking insurer NTI and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has confirmed operators who effectively maintain their vehicles are less likely to be involved in an incident.Data from NTI’s NTARC Major Accident Investigation Report and the NHVR’s National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey was examined to create the report, which looks at the relationship between vehicle standards and safety performance.The report found that there was a significant increase in the frequency and cost of insurance claims lodged by companies which operated vehicles with poorly maintained couplings and an above-average number of wheel and tyre defects.> Read the full story hereTransport boss convicted of speed limiter tamperingThe owner of a South Australian transport company has been prosecuted by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) for possessing speed limiter tampering equipment.South Australia Police (SAPOL) Heavy Vehicle Investigation Section conducted an investigation at the company’s Mid-North premises in August 2020 and located a laptop installed with tampering software, as well as connecting plugs.The company owner initially declined to answer questions about the device, but pleaded guilty to possessing a speed limiter tampering device when he appeared at Adelaide Magistrates Court earlier this month.> Read the full storyDeadline for Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy consultationIndustry stakeholders are being urged to have their say on the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy 2021-2025 by Friday 30 April 2021.The Safety Strategy sets out the NHVR’s strategic ambitions to improve heavy vehicle safety outcomes and contribute to a reduction in the number of crashes, fatalities and serious injuries involving heavy vehicles.To view the strategy and make a submission go to www.nhvr.gov.au/hvssUpcoming Truck Driver Info DaysCome and chat to the NHVR at our next roadside information days.Whether you have a question about access, Chain of Responsibility or any other heavy vehicle queries, come and join us.Upcoming dates:Tue 13 April: Epping Forest, Tasmania, 9am-3pm AEDTWed 14 April: Rocky Cape, Tasmania, 9am-3pmThu 15 April: Lytton, Queensland, 5am - 1pmWed 21 April: Yamba, South Australia, 8am-1pm ACSTWed 21 April: Buronga, New South Wales, 12pm - 6pmThu 29 April: Ballina, New South Wales, 9am - 5pmFor more details, and to keep up with the latest events at NHVR, visit the events page.Send us your #TruckShotsThe photo above was sent to us from Aus Hay in Euston in New South Wales. This road train is hauling Pino Gris grapes ready to be crushed and made into wine. Want to see your truck featured on the NHVR social pages? Send us a message on Facebook with your best shots!Have you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.Get in touch1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.
Issue 109 | 23 March 2021This is a resilient industry and we know what steps are needed to ensure a fast recovery from the current flooding in New South Wales and Queensland.Where possible operators should avoid travelling in impacted areas, but if it is necessary please be aware of local emergency access arrangements.Thankfully, most people in our industry understand the dangers of flooding and do the right thing.The NHVR has been in close contact with road managers in the past 48 hours to assist with access issues and we’ll be taking further action in the coming days as floodwaters recede and roads re-open.Please stay tuned to the NHVR’s website and social media channels for further updates on emergency fatigue provisions and other disaster relief measures, such as heavy vehicle hotlines.In the meantime, please stay up to date with the latest road closures at this link.Sal, CEORegulator partnering to deliver a healthier future for industryThe NHVR has entered into a new partnership with the Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS) Foundation to improve psychological safety and physical health across the heavy vehicle and logistics industries.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the partnership with HHTS showed the importance the NHVR placed on mental and physical health when it comes to heavy vehicle safety and ensuring drivers and logistics workers have access to the best possible information, resources and support.“The NHVR will contribute $150,000 over the next three years to progress key initiatives that the NHVR sees as critical to supporting mental and physical health,” Mr Petroccitto said.“The HHTS project is one of the first mental health initiatives that is directly co-driven with industry, customers and others across the complete supply chain at all levels.”HHTS is a registered not-for-profit charitable foundation that exists for the benefit of the broader supply chain and is open to all operators regardless of size or scale.> Read the full storyHave your say on the Heavy Vehicle Safety StrategyThe NHVR is seeking feedback on the draft Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy 2021-2025, which sets out the NHVR’s strategic ambitions to improve heavy vehicle safety outcomes and contribute to a reduction in the number of crashes, fatalities and serious injuries involving heavy vehicles.NHVR Safety Director Greg Fill said the strategy, which was developed to align with the Federal Government’s draft National Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030, is open for feedback until 30 April 2021.“The Safety Strategy will be supported by an annual Action Plan, outlining the activities, responsibilities and timeframes for delivery that the NHVR will undertake over the next five years,” Mr Fill said.> Read the full storyNHVR partners with peak engineering body on road access projectThe NHVR is partnering with the Queensland peak body for public works engineers to help deliver the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP).The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland (IPWEAQ) is providing invaluable support to the project, including helping to develop the Asset Assessment Framework.SLGAAP is a Commonwealth-funded initiative to help local councils undertake heavy vehicle assessments on their own on-road assets, such as bridges and culverts.> Read the full storyConsignor prosecuted over pedestrian crossing rolloverThe National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has charged a Victorian company with serious safety offences after a truck toppled onto a pedestrian island crossing.The heavy vehicle was loaded with a shipping container carrying 26 tonnes of imported timber plywood products when it rolled over in Dandenong on 11 November 2019.The case is the first prosecution of a consignor by the NHVR following the 2018 amendment of the Heavy Vehicle National Law which made all parties in the supply chain part of the Chain of Responsibility, with a shared duty to ensure the safety of transport activities.> Read the full storyNew health program gives drivers a roadside check-upTruck drivers will be able to get roadside health checks thanks to an innovative new program being supported by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.The ‘Truckie Tune Ups’ are a key part of the OzHelp Foundation’s new Health in Gear program, which aims to improve health and wellbeing across transport industry.> Read the full storyHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.
Issue 108 | 11 March 2021After a year of disruption caused by COVID-19, the NHVR’s face-to-face engagement with industry is starting to return to pre-pandemic levels.We’re now able to hold roadside events in most states and later this month Chief Engineer Les Bruzsa will provide insights and guidance on the safety and productivity benefits of PBS at industry forums hosted by the Tasmanian Transport Association.Our Stakeholder Engagement Officer Tim Hansen recently hosted a Truck Driver Info Day at Moree in Northern NSW and was able to hear first-hand from drivers about the experience they are having with the introduction of EWDs and report back on key areas for improvement.These conversations provide invaluable information for the NHVR and we’ll be having more of them later this month at Traralgon East and Dandenong, in Victoria, and at Port Wakefield in South Australia (see below for more information).And, of course, we’re looking forward to seeing thousands of people from across the industry at the Brisbane Truck Show in May.Every person in the heavy vehicle industry and logistics chain matters to the NHVR.Our aim is always to listen, understand and build the partnerships that lead to a safer and more productive heavy vehicle industry.Sal, CEONHVR Facebook post spreads safety message to millionsA safety blunder detected by NHVR officers in Victoria has become a social media sensation.More than two million people have viewed the NHVR’s Facebook post on the inadequate load restraint that was used to transport an excavator weighing more than 20 tonnes.The excavator had been ‘secured’ by just four straps, when it should have been directly chained to the trailer.The NHVR’s Facebook post has so far generated more than 11,000 comments from truckies and transport workers who were stunned by the rookie safety error – as well as a few from drivers who mistakenly thought four straps was enough to secure the excavator.> Read the full storyImprovement Notice issued after engine tampering investigation A Sunshine Coast transport company has been issued with an Improvement Notice by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) after an investigation uncovered evidence of engine tampering.A joint investigation between NHVR and Queensland Police Service officers confirmed that the emissions control system on one of the company’s trucks had been switched off, while the control system on a second vehicle had been ‘remapped’ to allow increased emissions.> Click to read the press releaseNotifiable Occurrences and NHVAS Business Rules and StandardsThe NHVR is working constructively with industry to implement the revised NHVAS Business Rules and Standards that were launched in February.Existing participants have up to one accreditation cycle to implement the revised rules and standards, which means implementation does not have to be done immediately.Notifiable Occurrence reporting now forms part of the revised business rules, so it’s important operators fully understand their responsibilities.A factsheet and video are available that explain when, how and why an NHVAS Notifiable Occurrence must be reported.Factsheet: Click to view the NHVAS Notifiable Occurrence Reporting factsheetVideo: Click to watch the Notifiable Occurrence Reporting videoPress Release: Read more about the introduction of new NHVAS Business Rules and StandardsNHVR hits the road for Tasmania PBS forumsThe NHVR will be talking to industry about the benefits of PBS vehicles at three forums hosted by the Tasmanian Transport Association this month.The PBS Roadshow events will be held in Burnie on Monday March 22, followed by Launceston on Wednesday March 24 and Hobart on Friday March 26.NHVR Chief Engineer Les Bruzsa will discuss the design, assessment and certification of PBS trucks.He’ll be joined by representatives from Tasmania’s Department of State Growth – State Roads, BTT Engineering, Advantia, CoR & Mass Management and National Transport Insurance.> For more details and registrations go to www.tta.org.auHave your say on the Draft National Road Safety Strategy 2021-30The draft National Road Safety Strategy 2021-30 is open for public consultation until March 23.The draft strategy sets the direction of Australia’s road safety objectives, key priorities for action and road trauma reduction targets for the decade to 2030 to set us on the path to achieve Vision Zero by 2050 – meaning zero deaths and serious injuries from road crashes.> To make a submission, visit www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au/nrssUpcoming Truck Driver Info DaysCome and chat to the NHVR at our next roadside information days.Whether you have a question about access, Chain of Responsibility or any other heavy vehicle queries, come and join us.Upcoming dates:Traralgon East: Thursday 11 March, Victoria. 8am-4pm AEDT.Dandenong: Tuesday 16 March, Victoria. 6am-2pm AEDT.Port Wakefield: Wednesday 17 March, South Australia. 8am–2pm ACDT.For more details, and to keep up with the latest events at NHVR, visit the events page.Have you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? 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Issue 107 | 23 February 2021We know that Australia’s heavy vehicle industry doesn’t stand still.It’s constantly changing, presenting new challenges for those on the road and in the heavy vehicle supply chain.That’s why the NHVR is committed to raising productivity across the industry, while continuing to improve safety.This week, revised Business Rules and Standards for the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme took effect, which will make it easier for members to meet Chain of Responsibility requirements while simplifying fatigue management modules.We’ve also begun tyre testing with the Australian Road Research Board as part of our PBS Tyre Review following recommendations from safety expert Dr John de Pont.There’s more work to be done, but I’m confident the gains will be worth it.The heavy vehicle industry’s potential is huge and the NHVR is helping to unlock it.SalCEOSouth Australian operator charged over engine remappingThe National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has charged a South Australian company with a primary duty offence for allegedly remapping the engines of heavy vehicles.The charges stem from a South Australia Police operation in June 2020.The NHVR will argue that the checks conducted during the operation indicated the vehicle was not using Adblue, suggesting its emissions control system had been tampered with. Examinations were conducted on other heavy vehicles registered to the company which form the basis of additional charges.It is alleged that the operator of the vehicles disabled the emission controls on the heavy vehicles.> Read the full storyTyre testing underway to progress PBS Tyre ReviewThe NHVR has begun extensive testing on a range of tyres used on Performance Based Standards combinations following recommendations by road safety expert Dr John de Pont in his Review of Tyre Management Practices in the Australian PBS System.NHVR Chief Engineer Les Bruzsa said the NHVR was working with the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) to undertake tyre testing needed to progress Dr de Pont’s findings.“The testing will examine the effect of variations in tread depth, vertical loads, different inflation pressures, road surface characteristics and the performance characteristics of different tyres.“The results will also be used to determine how the performance of heavy vehicle tyres in the Australian market differ from the Michelin XZA tyre used to develop the PBS Standards.> Read more hereRevised NHVAS Business Rules and Standards commencedThe NHVR revised Business Rules and Standards — under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) — took effect on Monday 22 February.The new Rules and Standards will allow the NHVAS to align more closely to Safety Management Systems and help members meet their requirements under Chain of Responsibility laws.The changes include a reduction in the duplication between the Advanced Fatigue Management and Basic Fatigue Management modules to allow both to operate under a single set of seven standards.Other safety-related improvements include a requirement to notify the NHVR of any significant or major safety incidents involving a NHVAS-nominated vehicle or driver operating under a fatigue module, a requirement to keep a register for infringement and defective vehicle notices related to the scheme, and revised requirements for loading and weighing.The revised Business Rules and Standards, fact sheets and videos are available at www.nhvr.gov.au/nhvas-business-rules.SARTA launches heavy vehicle simulatorTruck drivers will now be able to use new state-of-the-art technology to gain valuable experience before hitting the road following the launch of the South Australian Road Transport Association’s (SARTA) new Heavy Vehicle Simulator.The Federal and South Australian governments have partnered with SARTA to buy the $450,000 HVSim and software package, with $350,000 of funding provided through the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.> Read more hereDraft National Road Safety Strategy 2021-30 open for consultationThe draft National Road Safety Strategy 2021-30 is now available for public consultation.The draft strategy sets the direction of Australia’s road safety objectives, key priorities for action and road trauma reduction targets for the decade to 2030 to set us on the path to achieve Vision Zero by 2050 – meaning zero deaths and serious injuries from road crashes.To view the draft strategy or make a submission, visit www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au/nrssTruck Driver Information DaysCome and chat to the NHVR at our next roadside information days. Whether you have a question about access, Chain of Responsibility or any other heavy vehicle queries, come and join us. Upcoming datesQLD: Tue 23 Feb - Gin Gin 12.30-9.30pm AESTNSW: Tue 2 Mar - Moree 10am–6pm AEDTVIC: Thu 11 Mar - Traralgon East 8am-4pm AEDTVIC: Tue 16 Mar - Dandenong 6am-2pm AEDT> Visit the website events page for more event detailsHave you got another question about coronavirus changes?A lot may have changed across the heavy vehicle industry over the past months, but safety still comes first.Check out the latest advice for heavy vehicle operators at www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirusConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.Get in touch1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.